Command Decision Test of Battle: Allied Order of Battle for Market Garden

April 29, 2017

I have still been swamped with work and family obligations, but along the way I thought about doing some sort of Market Garden Campaign (1944). I looked at all of the 1 stand = 1 company rules, but I’m not so sure that they are at the level I am most interested in. Instead, I’ve been thinking about trying Command Decision: Text of Battle. In the past I have played a lot of games using the first and second editions of Command Decision and a few games with the third edition, but not many with the Test of Battle edition. Here is the Allied Order of Battle for the Market Garden Campaign in terms of Command Decision: TOB organizations. I have roughed out the German Order of Battle, but that still requires a lot of work given how chaotic the German organizations were. This is a big file (50+ pages), so you can see where my little free time has gone over the last couple of months.

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15th Panzer Division (May 1941) for Command Decision: Test of Battle

June 5, 2016

This is the second part of my revised Command Decision: Test of Battle order of battle for the German forces in North Africa in 1941. This one is for the 15th Panzer Division. It is based on its (primary source) organization chart for May 1941. It differs from the one presented in Benghazi Handicap in many ways, especially in the representation of the medium machineguns and mortars in the infantry battalions as well as some other corrections to the division’s units.

You can find the revised organization chart here: 15th Panzer Mid 1941

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5th Light (Leichte) Division (early 1941) for Command Decision: Test of Battle

June 4, 2016

I’ve finally survived my semester from hell. I had to take over another professor’s class due to their having medical issues which left them unable to teach the course. That rarely happens at the college/university level. This is the first time in 20 years I have had to take over another professor’s course (and only the 4th time I have seen this happen). As our History courses are not all the same, it was a lot of work. The other professor taught the course as more of a literature course, and I had to transform it back to more of a regular History course so I could teach it (the literature approach is not my forte). I finished grading finals for all of my courses last week (I taught five over the semester, three is pretty standard). I really needed a break from academia so I started to read through the wargame files on my computer.

Something World War Two seemed most interesting. I’ve still got the Stolberg campaign around, but I was attracted to my real World War Two interest: North Africa 1940-1942. I had always wanted to do some sort of campaign with Command Decision and North Africa. In the past, one of my friends, Dave in France, did part of a 1940 campaign using the DAK2 game as the board and control mechanism. It was a 1-3 bathtub style campaign. That looked interesting to me, but it covered a lot of time, probably more than I wanted to play in my first campaign. I thought that either Rommel’s First Campaign or the Crusader Campaign looked very interesting as both were mobile campaigns and either side could have won or lost.

I read through the orders of battle and unit organization tables. The Italian ones, done by my friend Arturo, were amazing, I could not find anything that seemed off, and they had a lot of information I didn’t know. The British charts seemed solid as well. In comparing the German charts against the actual Kriegsgliederungs I noticed that they didn’t really match the primary source information. So I decided to revise them for my own use. I’ll add them on this blog for your use as well.

The first one up is the 5th Light (Leichte) Division. This organization table/order of battle covers the division from its landings in Libya in early 1941 to its conversion to the 21st Panzer Division in August 1941.

Click here for a .pdf copy: 5th Light Division 1941


Command Decision 3 Stolberg Campaign and Revised Campaign Map

March 19, 2016

I have opted to try the Stolberg Campaign with Command Decision 3 . This campaign came in the 1st and 2nd editions of the Command Decision rules. You will need those rules to fully understand the campaign. I have also converted the 1st edition map to a hex map, with 1 hex = 1200 yards. The unit locations in the orders of battle relate to my revised hex map (of the 1st edition map). I have also posted a copy of the map from the 1st edition of Command Decision.

While Command Decision: Test of Battle is a good set of wargaming rules for World War Two, it just never inspired me. I disliked the deterministic spotting, the ammunition rules, the longer turn times, and the 6″/12″/18″ close/medium/long range bands for all stands. I did like the prep fire/suppressive fire rules and will use some aspects of them in my games. I might also try out the new Hit Result Chart as well.

I’ve had my teaching job work load expanded as I have to take over another professor’s course in addition to my already heavy course load, so don’t expect much more about the campaign other than possibly some very basic campaign rules until this summer. While I have to create a new course and revise another one, I won’t be teaching (which is a nice change). Over the next few months, I hope to rebase my 1/285th scale figures and paint the additional figures I need.

Here are the orders of battle:

American forces: American CD3 Game OB Stolberg

German forces: German CD3 Game OB Stolberg

Here is a link to the Command Decision Test of Battle version of these orders of battle: https://jdglasco.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/command-decision-test-of-battle-stolberg-campaign-orders-of-battle-and-revised-map/

Here is a copy of my revised 1st edition map with hexes, 1 hex = 1200 yards (click for a larger map):

Stolberg 4 1 inch = 1200 yards

Here is the original campaign map from Command Decision 1:

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Command Decision Test of Battle Stolberg Campaign Orders of Battle and Revised Map

February 21, 2016

Note: this post was revised and updated on March 19, 2016.

I have continued working on the Stolberg Campaign for Command Decision: Test of Battle. This campaign came in the 1st and 2nd editions of the Command Decision rules. You will need those to fully understand the campaign. I have also converted the 1st edition map to a hex map, with 1 hex = 1200 yards. The unit locations in the orders of battle relate to my revised hex map (of the 1st edition map). I have also posted a copy of the map from the 1st edition of Command Decision.

Here are the orders of battle (note these are the updated versions as of March 19, 2016):

American forces: American CD TOB Game OB Stolberg v1.5

German forces: German CD TOB Game OB Stolberg v1.3

Here is a link to the Command Decision 3 version of these orders of battle: https://jdglasco.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/command-decision-3-stolberg-campaign-and-revised-campaign-map/

Here is a copy of my revised 1st edition map with hexes, 1 hex = 1200 yards (click for a larger map):

Stolberg 4 1 inch = 1200 yards

Here is the original map from the 1st edition of Command Decision (the key to it also applies to my revised hex map):

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